SCA and Martinsons deliver Swedish pine to the world’s longest bridge

Pine from the northern parts of Sweden has been used at the world’s longest bridge over water. The 55-kilometre-long bridge, which crosses both under and over water, connects Hong Kong, Macau and China. SCA has in collaboration with Martinsons delivered 300m3 of pine which has been used as decking at two lookout points.

The interest and use of wood is increasing in Asia in general, and in China in particular. From having used the material mostly in packaging and furniture production, wood is increasingly being used in house and building production. With this development, China’s timber imports have also increased from three million cubic metres to about 25 million cubic metres over the past ten years, says Håkan Persson, CEO of SCA Wood Hong Kong.

The latest example of the increasing use of wood is the 55-kilometre-long bridge linking China with Hong Kong and the casino city of Macau. The bridge is the world’s longest bridge over water. In cooperation with Martinsons, SCA has delivered a total of 300 cubic metres of pine to the building of the bridge. The material has been used for the two lookout points that are located on the bridge and serves as gates for the tunnel.

Approximately 23 kilometres of the bridge runs across the sea, and in the middle is a seven-kilometre-long tunnel for ships to pass by. With the bridge, what used to be a four-hour drive between Hong Kong, Macau and China now takes half an hour. 420,000 tonnes of steel have been used for the building, which is about the equivalent of 60 Eiffel Towers. According to official data, the bridge has cost over $18 billion to build.